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n. Chiefly British
A tailgate.
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(Automotive Engineering) a board at the rear of a lorry, wagon, etc, that can be removed or let down on a hinge
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n., v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
adj. n.
1. a board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., that can be removed or let down for loading or unloading.
2. a style of playing the trombone, esp. in Dixieland jazz, distinguished esp. by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.
3. to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of another vehicle.
4. to have a picnic on a tailgate, esp. of a station wagon.
5. to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of (another vehicle).
6. set up on a tailgate or near an automobile, as in a parking lot: a tailgate picnic.
[1865–70, Amer.; (definition 5) so called from the usual seat of trombonists in trucks carrying musicians during a parade]
tail′gat`er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tailboard - a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading
beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, wagon - a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
gate - a movable barrier in a fence or wall
motortruck, truck - an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
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References in classic literature ?
Instantly her plan was formed, and as a great chariot swung close to our hiding place she slipped stealthily in upon the trailing tailboard, crouching low in the shadow of the high side, straining me to her bosom in a frenzy of love.
Baan, being the last man at the tailboard (pocket), alerted his supervisor to ring the bell for the cage to be lowered into the tailboard for ore loading.
Tailboard picnics become more of a family feast in the back of the Rexton.
But coming home was another treat, For I came back along Stowell Street, Full of fruit and veg depots and lorries too, A quick hand over the tailboard and an apple for you!
* The tailboard now includes a four-light LED system, which is ideally placed to prevent damage when loading/unloading equipment, and designed to offer a level transition onto rear deck boards when loading and extend the deck life.
Designed to fit to the tailboard of any livestock trailer, the corrugated plastic boards display the union's current campaign slogan, "It's Time to Back Welsh Farming ".
The load area, which is lined with particularly tough and durable bamboo, can be accessed by means of a tailboard.
For news events, the flexible communications and combination of HD, SD and composite conversion presented on the tailboard means onward connection to SNG uplinks is available.
Then he swung himself onto the tailboard at the back and leaned in right over us.
Then he swung himself onto the tailboard and leaned in over us.
You can very easily load the rear of the Steed with a high tailboard and the SE bed liner to help slide in items.